American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) trainer Javier Mendez recently said he wanted to have one of his star pupils, Daniel Cormier, take on Alexander Gustafsson in what will be "DC's" first fight in the light heavyweight division.
A sentiment Cormier echoed during a recent appearance on "UFC Tonight."
However, the former Olympian said he really didn't feel like taking a trip across the globe just to fight "The Mauler," preferring to stay stateside for the 205-pound scrap.
When asked what he thought about a potential match-up against the former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner, Gustafsson said he's down to take the fight and couldn't care less where it takes place.
"Very tough opponent, very great athlete," said Gus about Cormier when talking to MMACrazyTV. "If that happens, I'm looking forward to it. I'll fight him wherever he wants me to fight him."
Gustafsson isn't a stranger to taking long road trips to put his work in, having fought all over the world including Australia, Stockholm, London, Abu Dhabi as well as in the United States.
His last fight took him to Toronto, Ontario, Canada where he dragged division champion Jon Jones to deep waters, almost drowning "Bones" before ultimately coming up short on the judges' scorecards after 25-minutes of back-and-forth action.
Now a month removed from that epic battle, Gus reflects on the heart-breaking loss that he feels should have been a "W" for his stat sheet. "Yeah, it was a great fight, but I could have done much better," said Gustafsson. "I think I won the fight but at the same time I didn't do enough to win the fight, so, next time."
Furthermore, Gus took the time to dismiss any rumors that he is no longer a part of Alliance MMA. "I am training at Alliance. That was false information. I am still a part of the team, so it's all good."
During his time spent competing in the 265-pound division, Cormier has dominated his opponents en route to an undefeated (12-0, 2-0 UFC) record which includes victories over longtime veterans Josh Barnett, Frank Mir and more recently at UFC 166, Roy Nelson.
And as he prepares for a new breed of fighter at light heavyweight, "DC" is determined to keep his streak alive and garner the same success he enjoyed in the land of the giants.
But if Cormier does indeed face the towering Swede in his first fight at 205 pounds, the tall scenery will look very familiar.
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